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Goldschmidt I.,Development of Intelligent Building Systems | Ehrlich P.,Development of Intelligent Building Systems
Engineered Systems | Year: 2010

Most discussions on the advances in BAS and intelligent building technology tend to focus on the core applications of the industry, mainly commercial buildings. Putting aside the office and meeting some spaces in larger hotels, guest room controls have recently been experiencing a renaissance in automation and intelligent building advances. The good news is that these manufacturers understand guest room control very well and have tailored their products and solutions to the application. Attempting to adapt commercial BAS to hospitality has always involved a bit of sticking a square peg in a round hole since the products were designed for the unique applications. The bad news is that the hospitality-centric products appear to have been immune to the market pressure of open protocols. This approach involves a communication interface between the guest check-in software and the room controls. Source


Goldschmidt I.,Development of Intelligent Building Systems | Ehrlich P.,Development of Intelligent Building Systems
Engineered Systems | Year: 2010

Lighting systems and their controls are the responsibility of the electrical engineer and the contractor, therefore, the design of an integrated lighting and HVAC control system requires more mechanical/electrical coordination. Integrated lighting control offers improved energy efficiency due to coordinated scheduling, occupancy control, and light level optimization, common user interface allows for improved productivity for the operations staff and allows them to more readily respond to occupant's requests. The ability to control both lighting and HVAC allows for real-time control options as utilities deploy Smart Grid strategies. The introduction of new products to the market, coupled with the new code requirements are good for the controls designer to start learning more about integrated lightning control. Source


Ira Goldschmidt P.E.,Development of Intelligent Building Systems | Paul Ehrlich P.E.,Development of Intelligent Building Systems
Engineered Systems | Year: 2010

BAS is being increasingly integrated to all equipment under building automation strategies. It is being observed that designs that require all systems or equipment to be integrated and all data being shared are relying on BAS. The first step involved in making such integration decisions involves gathering information about each integrated system and equipment's specific interface. It is essential to gather information about the interface, as it plays a key role in the equipment. Decisions need to be made regarding the implementation of BACnet®, LonTalk®, or Modbus® interface for such integration process. The type of equipment or system data available for viewing from the BAS in such integration also needs to be considered. Source

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